King's June highlights:
Johnson had a record of 4-1 with an ERA of 0.92. In six games, all starts, he pitched two complete games, one shutout, in 49.0 innings. The 33-year-old gave up 25 hits, three home runs, and 14 walks, while striking out 68.
He led the league in strikeouts, and finished second in ERA, complete games, and innings pitched. To date Johnson is 11-2 with a 2.18 ERA. In 17 games, all starts, he has pitched two complete games, and one shutout in 124.0 innings. Johnson has given up 30 earned runs, and walked 44 while striking out 164. Johnson sported a seven game winning streak from May 13 through June 19. "The Big Unit" leads the league in strikeouts, opponents batting average against (.179), and strikeouts per 9 innings (11.9). He is second in the league in wins and ERA. This is the second "Pitcher of the Month" award for Johnson, his previous award came in June, 1990.
The Eagles could have had both the A.L. player and pitcher of the month for June, but some years ago, manager Jim Lafargue, used his typical prescience to determine that Johnson was too tall to pitch effectively, and traded him with catcher Greg Olson to Birdsnest for Eric Hanson. Jim still hasn't heard the end of the fallout from that trade.
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